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EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine

Emily Tangerine

Emily explains all the Chinese idioms in the world

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EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jul 20, 2018 @EmilyTangerine
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This story took place during the warring states in the country of Qi. The leader of Qi was Qi Xuan Wang. We can call him King Qi for short. He enjoyed raising roosters for cock fights. Terrible sport, but that's because there were no street racing, boxing or other competitions for him back then. He hired a cock-fighting expert named Ji Sheng Zi to train his pet roosters. But King Qi was an impatient dude so a few days after training began, he went to bother Ji Sheng Zi. The trainer said...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Dec 7, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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Dong Shi Xiao Pin BLOG RSS说春秋时候,越国有个名叫西施的姑娘,她非常美丽、漂亮,一举一动也很动人。她有心口疼的疾病,犯病时总是用手按住胸口,紧皱眉头。因为人们喜欢她,所以她这副病态,在人们眼里也妩媚可爱,楚楚动人。...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Sep 11, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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JI MAO SUAN PI BLOG RSSOnce upon a time, in China (obviously), there were two neighboring families. One family slaughtered chickens for a living, and the other ran a restaurant...a very garlicky restaurant. The family who slaughtered chickens had to pluck the chicken feathers every morning and would leave their floors a mess. The family with the restaurant would peel garlic and leave the shavings all over their floors. This mess took place almost every day.  Now, when the wind blows, sometimes...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Aug 26, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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按图索骥:AN TU SUO JI BLOG RSSThis is a funny idiom about the most famous horse expert in China...Bo Le. He was a resident from the country of Qin. He recorded everything he knew about horses in an anthology of books called "Shiang Ma Jing." Which was like an encyclopedia on thorough bred horses. His writings could be used to find the fastest, strongest horse...mostly for military/sporting purposes.  Bo Le had a little son who was obsessed with finding the finest horse on his...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jul 21, 2017 @EmilyTangerine
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BLOG RSSThis idiom is about a silly man named Du Hsuan and how he found a snake in his cup of wine when he attended the magistrate's party. The magistrate was a man who loved to encourage his guests to drink so Du Hsuan had no choice but to comply. Shortly after, he got sick...really sick. He called the doctor, but the doctor could not properly diagnose his problems.  The magistrate thought it was a bit strange that Du Hsuan disappeared for a while so he paid the sick man a visit. Du Hsuan...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jul 11, 2017 @EmilyTangerine
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鹬蚌相争:YU BANG SHIANG ZHENG BLOG RSSThis is a fantastic parable about a clam who wouldn't let go of a snipe, and the snipe refused to let go of the clam.  The snipe says to the clam: If I don't let go today, and I don't let go tomorrow, you'll get de-hydrated and I'll be seeing a dead clam on the beach tomorrow. The clam says to the snipe: If I don't let go today, and I don't let go tomorrow. You'll simply starve, and I'll be seeing a dead snipe on the beach tomorrow. Little do they...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jun 29, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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BLOG RSSThis idiom is a fantastic parable about 5 blind men who all touch only a part of an elephant and insisted they saw its entirety. Be humble. Allow the possibility that you could very well be wrong about something.   ORIGINAL IDIOM:...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
May 7, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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叶公好龙:YEH GONG HAO LONG BLOG RSSDuring the Spring and Autumn period (771-476BC), there was an official from the country of Chu by the name of Mister Ye Gong Mister Ye was famous for being a huge fan of dragons. His ceilings would have paintings of dragons, the beams in his house would be carved with dragon designs. All four walls in his home had paintings of dragons. His reputation for being a dragon-enthusiast spread to the dragon deity in the heavens. This real-life dragon was...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Mar 23, 2017 @EmilyTangerine
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杀鸡儆猴:SHA JI JING HOU BLOG RSSKilling The Chicken To Frighten The Monkey Once upon a time, there was a street artist who purchased a monkey in hopes of turning it into a performing monkey. This particular monkey was not very obedient and gave the street artist a very hard time. The artist had enough and purchased a chicken on the market. He would terrorize the chicken by beating drums and making awfully loud noises.  When the chicken was frozen in fear, the artist took a cleaver and...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Feb 14, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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刻舟求剑:KUH JOU CHIU JIAN BLOG RSSDuring the Warring States, there was a man from the country of Chu. He was sailing on a small boat when all of a sudden, a gust of wind rocked the boat and knocked his sword into the water. Everyone on the boat expressed concern for him and encouraged him to immediately retrieve the sword. But the man was not worried and simply took out a knife and made a mark on the side of the boat. He then nonchalantly added, "My sword fell at the exact location...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Feb 11, 2017 Emily Tangerine
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BLOG RSSOnce upon a time, there was a forest of cute little monkeys. You can imagine macaques, chimps, or even pygmy marmosets. They were playing near a well, but for the sake of Emily's version, it was a lake. Because let's be real, monkeys don't naturally gather around wells.  One particular little monkey noticed that there was a reflection of the moon shining from the surface of the lake. Not knowing that it was merely a reflection, he freaked the heck out and thought the moon must have...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Nov 13, 2016 @EmilyTangerine
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BLOG RSSIn ancient times, there was a talented musician by the name of Gong Ming Yi. He adored music so much he would carry his Zheng (a classical Chinese string instrument) everywhere he went. Classical Gu Zheng  One day, when Gong Ming Yi was on a walk, he came across a beautiful green pasture. He noticed a cow grazing in the middle of the pasture and sat down to play his instrument. Gong Ming Yi wanted to serenade the cow in this picturesque field, so he strummed the most complicated song...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Oct 16, 2016 @EmilyTangerine
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BLOG RSSHey folks! I sat down with Dr. Dennis Zheng...in his own home and forced him to discuss the castration process with me. I felt as if it is my duty to educate everyone on how Chinese eunuchs prepared themselves for their new role as palace watchdogs. Dr. Zheng is a Harvard graduate with a whopping 3.7 GPA, but don't be alarmed...he makes up the missing 0.3 with his charm. 
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jul 16, 2016 @EmilyTangerine
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BLOG RSSAfter the death of China's first emperor: Qin Shi Huang Di (or more famously known as Emperor Qin). His son Qin the 2nd inherited the throne and became Emperor Qin 2.  Emperor Qin 2 was just a figurehead as Prime Minister Zhao Gao, a eunuch, was the real power behind the throne. Back in China, you had to be castrated to serve closely to the Emperor, as not to impregnate his concubines. Zhao Gao was an especially clever eunuch, and while he may not have any balls, he held a LOT of power...
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jul 3, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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This idiom refers to the determination and perseverance that one possesses when faced with the impossible.
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
May 24, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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This is a Chinese creation myth. It's about a guy who worked really really hard.
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Apr 17, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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This week's idiom is called: To Buy Jewelbox, and Return The Jewel (买椟还珠) it's pretty ridonkulous...why would you return the jewel back to the merchant and only keep the box?! Listen to find out, or just fast forward to the end.
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Mar 8, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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What does it mean to add feet to the snake you ask? Well it means you are adding more than necessary. Because everyone knows snakes don't need feet! Even if you give snakes feet...they won't know how to use them! In Chinese it is called "Adding Feet To The Snake" or 画蛇添足 (Hua She Tian Zu). Have fun!
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Feb 1, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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A bunny bashes its head into a tree and sets off a sequence of unfortunate events. Ultimately, this idiom is telling us to work hard! We can't rely on bunnies for anything!
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Jan 3, 2016 Emily Tangerine
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This episode gives a brief history surrounding the myths of where Chinese people came from! Before this podcast, I didn't even know! Oh the shame of not knowing one's ancestors...Finally, the episode ends with the Chinese idiom: 一举两得
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Dec 14, 2015 Emily Tangerine
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Emperor Meow purrs about China being one of the 4 major civilizations. Your majesty then talks about a Chinese idiom called: 一字千金 which means one word equals 1,000 pieces of gold. That's a lot of gold you guys! Enjoy.
EASY CHINESE IDIOMS! With Emily Tangerine
Nov 3, 2015 Emily Tangerine
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